TV-14, 20 45-min. episodes
Creator: Eric Kripke
Directors: Jon Favreau, Charles Beeson, Sanford Bookstaver, Félix Enríquez Alcalá, Jon Cassar, Steve Boyum, Guy Norman Bee, Fred Toye, Miguel Sapochnik, John F. Showalter, Nick Copus, Helen Shaver
Writers: Eric Kripke, Monica Owusu-Breen, Anne Cofell Saunders, Paul Grellong, David Rambo, Matt Pitts, Melissa Glenn, Jim Barnes, Oahna Ly
Starring: Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito, Zak Orth, David Lyons, JD Pardo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Daniella Alonso
Guest starring: Anna Lise Phillips, Graham Rodgers, Tim Guinee, Maria Howell, C. Thomas Howell, David Meunier, Michael Mosley, Mark Pellegrino, Derek Webster, Michael Bowen, Shane Callahan, Jeff Fahey, Ric Reitz, Kim Raver, David Andrews, Maureen Sebastian, Todd Stashwick, Phillip DeVona, Colin Ford, Josh Cox, Conor O’Farrell, Colm Feore, Alyssa Diaz, Reed Diamond, Michael Harding, Nishi Munchi, Glynn Turman, Leland Orser, James Shanklin, Patrick St. Esprit, Glenn Morshower, Nestor Serrano, Malik Yoba, Kate Burton, Leslie Hope, Annie Wersching, Jason Brooks, Timothy Busfield, Michael Gladis, Robert Neary, Rus Blackwell, Robin Spriggs, Ramon Fernandez, Tarek Alame, Omid Abtahi, Raheem Babalola
The first season of Jon Favreau’s action adventure series “Revolution” proved to be one of the few successes for NBC this season. It’s compiled of adventure elements that have worked in other shows and some that haven’t. Of the recent series that it reminds me of the most, last year’s near miss “Terra Nova” comes the closest in spirit. The first half of the season was merely good, but didn’t really take the risks the producers seemed more willing to explore in the second half of the season. I could’ve taken or left the first half. The second half proved much more interesting.
The show is about a future in which an “event” has left the Earth without any electrical power. Imagine if our modern technology-driven society were suddenly thrust back into the days before Ben Franklin flew that kite in a lightning storm. Most of the action takes place 15 years after the worldwide power outage. Flashbacks fill in many of the expositional details. We meet a girl named Charlie, whose family is accosted by militia under the employ of one of two governing forces in what was formerly known as the United States. This is the Monroe Republic. The Georgia Republic comes into play during the more interesting second half of season one.
Charlie’s father is murdered and the soldiers take her brother, so she sets out to find her only remaining family member, her uncle Miles. It turns out Miles used to be one of the leaders of the militia and his former best friend is the Monroe behind the Monroe Republic. It also turns out that her parents had something to do with why the lights went out and her mother is being held by Monroe so she can give him power again. There is much that I will leave unexplained, but this runs the typical thriller gamut of conspiracies and betrayal that always fuels a great action soap opera. And, as the series goes along it gets richer.